Grandmentors (Scotland)

  • Award-winning, inter-generational mentoring programme operating across Midlothian
  • Grandmentors are older volunteers who support care experienced young people or those facing other life challenges and barriers
  • Grandmentors support young people to enhance their health and wellbeing, Education Employment and Training outcomes, and independent living skills

Grandmentors is an award-winning, inter-generational mentoring project for care experienced young people. The project operates in 15+ locations across the UK and launched for the first time in Perth and Kinross in 2022 and Midlothian in 2023.

It is widely recognised that care-experienced young people are some of the most disadvantaged in society. Many are in care because they have experienced, or are at risk of, neglect and/or abuse. Security and stability are often missing from their lives.

We recruit, train and support volunteer mentors (normally but not exclusively aged 50+) who draw on their wealth of professional and personal life experience and skills to support young people (aged 16-25) through life transitions on their pathway to independence.

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Grandmentors is all about empowering and positive relationships, aligning to “The Promise” that Scotland made to its care experienced population. Young people are listened to, heard, and responded to. They benefit from safe, consistent loving relationships, and access to meaningful support to boost mental & physical wellbeing, resilience, and confidence.

Grandmentors facilitate conversations around keeping well, coping strategies, self-care, and self-management. Each young person alongside their Grandmentor co-produces a bespoke support plan and set goals based on their needs.

They explore and review the young person’s challenges, and priorities. These range from enhancing mental & physical health and wellbeing, dealing with stress and conflict, support to access sustainable and appropriate housing, career, and education goals, budget planning and more.

Current volunteering opportunities

Grandmentors Volunteer (Midlothian)

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Grandmentors Volunteer (Perth & Kinross)

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Contact us for more information about Grandmentors Scotland

Perth and Kinross

Millie Mockford
07375 882 135
millie.mockford@volunteeringmatters.org.uk

Midlothian

Ioni Allan
07939 888 399
ioni.allan@volunteeringmatters.org.uk

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